Bill would allow longer sentence for disfiguring victim


Associated Press



COLUMBUS — The case of a woman set on fire by her ex-boyfriend has prompted an Ohio lawmaker’s proposal to allow longer sentences for crimes that permanently maim or disfigure victims.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2lSfcPZ ) reports the bill introduced this week could make a sliding-scale specification available in assault cases involving serious physical harm to victims.

Republican Rep. Jim Hughes, of Upper Arlington, says Judy Malinowski’s case illustrates the need for that change.

The man accused of dousing Malinowski with gasoline in August 2015 was sentenced to the maximum, 11 years in prison. Malinowski remains hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after dozens of surgeries.

Prosecutors say they’ll pursue a homicide case against the man if Malinowski dies. A judge allowed her to record a deposition that could be used at such a trial.

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